The Heart of a True Seer
At 4:30 this morning the Lord put this blog on my heart and very clearly directed me to share this insightful information with all of you today.
With God’s help I am going to do my best to clear some things up about this spiritual and revelatory seer gift. It is my prayer that you will investigate for yourself by reading the Word of God, praying and asking the Lord for discernment.
In my experience of the learning curve and the experiences of life, being extremely abnormal and supernatural, the seer gift can take a very long time to understand. Certainly this was the case for me. I recall my first interaction with the demonic realm by age two. You can only imagine the terror I faced as a child and what it was like as a small child being tormented and approached by various spiritual beings. I spent much of my toddler and early years of life being perhaps in my own little world and certainly did not know how to experience the reality of my life and existence being so much different than others. I was not even capable, I’m sure, of describing what I was seeing or what I was experiencing. I can tell you that I had an enormous amount of fear until about the age of 30 and certainly asked the Lord a lot of questions about why I was so different than other people. Living this extra-ordinary kind of existence caused me to cling to Jesus my Lord as a small child and move myself away beginning in my teen years. Jesus was my biggest reality and I also experienced His love and companionship at an unusually young age. He alone saw me through a battlefield I thought no child should have had to endure. All the while, I knew in my spirit that the Lord has very good reasons for what He allows to take place in our lives. If we can grow to believe the truth of that statement, we can begin to honor our journey as a training ground for God’s greater plan.
I am now 46 years old and looking forward to the day when I can understand everything I see and how to apply the Word of God to it. That day may not come until heaven. Discerning and study of the Word are critical to growing in this gift and we are not perfect. We are learning to appropriately use this gift as every believer should do with their gifts.
I am sharing this today for the sake of Christ’s Church because we are in a day and age, in these final hours before the Lord returns, to learn at an accelerated rate how the enemy seeks to destroy the Church. There are people like me who can be a big help at providing insight into how the spirit realm operates and the unusual, skipped over and subtle tactics of the enemy.
Frankly, nothing I will say or teach is outside of what the Word of God has always taught about the enemy, through Jesus, the prophets, the apostles, the teachers, the evangelists and pastors. However, the Lord has told me very specifically that he called me for one reason, that I am willing to share what others have been unwilling to share inside the Church. God uses those who are willing. I am afraid, but I am courageous and that is what I bring to the Church, along with being a woman who is after God’s own heart.
Each day the Lord tells me to just do it and I’ve got to trust Him that He knows the bigger plan so I submit myself to the Father’s will, even with a knot in my stomach. I seek His face daily and I eat His Word for breakfast. It is a breakfast I crave and that nourishes me like no other craving that exists. I can speak from my experience of craving sex, alcohol and power, that there is nothing like worshipping my Lord and Savior God. Total submission is necessary to experience the fullness of Christ and worship.
As I share with you I am sharing my own experiences as well as sound Biblical history and teaching. Please, study it for your self and let God direct your life.
There are so many misunderstandings and schools of thoughts regarding the authenticity and use of these revelatory gifts, being prophesying and seeing. I am sad to say that the misuse of the gifts does and will continue to exist as is mentioned in the Holy Bible in Matthew: 7:21-23,
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
What has come of that scripture above, in my opinion, is fear in the bigger scheme of the Church. Because we don’t know how to discern these gifts well or some believe that the scripture that implies that some gifts will go away is referring to the “supernatural gifts”. I totally disagree with that teaching. The greatest gift being love will be all that remains either when Jesus returns in the Millennium or when we’re all in heaven. I can see no Biblical basis for believing these gifts do not exist. Certainly Jesus would have just said in the above Scripture that prophesying and healing will not exist. In the need to discern, it is more than implied they will exist or there would be no need to discern.
The above scripture clearly represents lawlessness, the work of the enemy. These false prophets I believe are leaders who have a following that is being mislead or taken advantage of. Jesus doesn’t like anyone who messes with His kids, especially using His name.
The Role of O.T. Seers
The Bible is a book of prophecy and a way of life as a Christian would be to follow prophecy because it is the proof to the world that the Bible is authentic truth. Most of the prophecies of the Bible have been authentically proven through history and science to be valid and nearing total fulfillment. The apostles followed the prophecies of the O.T. prophets and constantly verbalized when the Word of God was being fulfilled through prophecy. It was a way of speaking to the Church that has always existed. That said, avoiding the topic and gift of prophecy I believe is going against the plan that Jesus himself designed the Church to be and the impact is tremendous.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” 9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Use Common Sense, Read the Bible
It’s very clear, as Jesus establishes His authority above, in ascending and descending to fulfill all things, that prophets are an established leadership role in His Church because we are incapable of attaining unity of faith in Christ, so far. The prophetic gift, when working properly is one piece to the puzzle in making the body grow so that is builds itself up in love, as mentioned in the Scriptures above. It is a gift to the Church from Christ to help children, not to be tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
If we come from the place of courage rather than fear, in our dealings with this leadership gift of prophecy, then we will get a little closer, or perhaps a lot closer to understanding the Lord’s Way of fulfilling His desire for the Church. So we need to use common sense and start acknowledging the Lord’s design.
I am truly bothered because I know, I see it and the Lord has told me His body is sick and the Church needs healing. Any time the Lord gives us something good, the enemy wants to mock it. He wants to take the glory that belongs to the Lord. He wants to be worshipped. What a clever way to take one of the gifts of Jesus’ Church and keep it held back because of a fearful, prideful and religious spirit at work in the Christian Church. That breaks my heart. God established His design and it is time to stop hiding and get on board with this gift because the enemy is kicking our rear end and we’re sitting back silently because of the controversial nature of the gift of prophecy.
The gift of prophecy belongs in the conservative and evangelical church, not just the charismatic and pentecostal bodies. I guarantee you these insightful leaders are in your midst praying and waiting for God to give them acknowledgment in the Church of Christ we love so dearly.
O.T. Seers & Prophets
The role of the Old Testament seers were typically used to provide direction, counsel and deep wisdom to the prophets and Kings of the day. In the case of Daniel, he interpreted dreams and had the raah seer gift (See below.) They were commonly used and there was nothing out of the ordinary about using these gifts at that time, even though even then false prophets existed.
Seers were accepted as a useful way of fulfilling God’s plan and direction for Israel. Seers and prophets “co-exist” throughout Scripture, however they can have various functions and can receive revelation differently.
Gad, the seer, and Nathan, the prophet, served in King David’s court (2 Samuel 24:4; 1 Chronicles 29:29). Asaph, the seer, and Isaiah, the prophet, were also contemporaries during King Hezekiah’s reign (2 Chronicles 29:30; 2 Kings 20:1). In 1 Chronicles 29:29, the word “seer” is used twice, but it is not the same Hebrew word.
1 Chronicles 29:29
Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the Chronicles of Samuel the seer, and in the Chronicles of Nathan the prophet, and in the Chronicles of Gad the seer, with accounts of all his rule and his might and of the circumstances that came upon him and upon Israel and upon all the kingdoms of the countries.“Now the acts of Kind David, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Samuel the seer , in the book of Nathan the prophet , and in the book of Gad the seer” (1 Chronicles 29:29).
(Note: This section below came from research online that I found to be Biblically sound and it was well communicated with Hebrew distinctions. It’s a good article reprinted in part from the internet By Lloyd Phillips. I do not know him or his Ministry but found his research and explanation to be well defined and in alignment with my own raah seer gift.)
One of the three Hebrew words that are translated as a prophet in the Bible, raah is one that has the calling of a seer. Someone with this anointing will be someone who sees open visions and is also able to interpret them. That same word is used for someone who sees with natural eyes and understands. This level of prophet sees in the spirit with deeper understanding. There are not that many prophets in the scriptures who see open visions in proportion to the other types listed. The second type is called chozeh. This meaning emphasizes spiritual apprehension, of internal visions. The word chozeh is translated as prophet or seer but appears to be subordinate to the raah type of seer, because of the authority that comes through understanding available to the raah seer. I believe that this view is contained in the verse Is 29:10 For the LORD has poured out on you The spirit of deep sleep, And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets (chozeh); And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers (raah). Those considered seers in the higher sense, raah, are usually given a preeminence over the other types of prophets. Samuel a raah type of seer was regarded above other prophets and seers of his day. He was not only a prophet sent with a message, but often had a deeper understanding and insight to go along with the vision he carried. Daniel was esteemed above all the other prophets and wise men of his time because of the understanding which accompanied his prophetic gifts. Dan 1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Seers have visions.
Lastly there is the Hebrew word nabiy which is the most common biblical word in terms of the prophetic. It means someone who has the Spirit working within them. It is a word for inspiration. Every prophet receives this type of inspiration and in the New Testament all believers can and should operate at this level at least in its elementary levels. Every prophet will be the nabiy kind, but not every prophet will be the raah kind. 1 Chron. 29:29 contains all three of these Hebrew words: “Now the acts of King David, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Samuel the seer (raah), in the book of Nathan the prophet (nabiy), and in the book of Gad the seer (chozeh)”.
Seers of The New Testament
Obviously John who wrote the Revelation of John was a seer. In Acts11:28 it reads “Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. (And this took place in the reign of Claudius.)”
Later Agabus tried to stop Paul from going to Jerusalem because of what would become of his fate. Speaking of Paul’s future imprisonment, it says in Acts 21:11, “he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.” To which Paul said, “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And later, “The Lord’s will be done.” I also believe that other apostles had to have had this gift to direct them where to go and where to have caution.
The Holy Spirit reveals things to us all the time. Sometimes He speaks directly to us and sometimes through someone with a gift of prophecy or through visions and dreams, through interpretation of tongues and sometimes through angels. We don’t need to automatically assume the worst, but rather be responsible to test the spirits as the Bible says to do. Pray and use discernment, but don’t judge with the eye because you might have a plank. Pray, read your Bible, ask God to reveal the true intention and heart of the prophecy. Not every prophetic person is a Jezebel or a Joseph Smith that tries to twist the Word of God or tempt you to commit spiritual or sexual adultery.
What About Jesus
Jesus foretold future events. He told people the secrets of their heart and he saw into the spiritual realm. Certainly there are others who are still experiencing this very thing. Jesus knew all things and we do not know all things, but we do know some things and we do see things. Jesus was operating in the prophetic Spirit in many of His interactions throughout the Bible. Clearly he knew the heart of man and when He should speak and when He knew it wouldn’t matter to speak. This level of discernment is prophetic. He said, we would do the same and even greater things when He taught about the work of the Holy Spirit. We obviously don’t really believe that as we should.
Should we always error on the side of being conservative in these matters? We need to let the Lord himself answer that to each person without being so quick to answer. We all have a tendency to do what’s the most comfortable for our own individual preference. That’s not letting the Lord lead or being obedient, that’s being comfortable and that leads to falling asleep in your faith and missing out on what the Lord has. Being too conservative can quickly turn to a religious spirit or a lukewarm spirit. A lukewarm spirit is spit out. Being lukewarm can lead to forgetting your first love and becoming complacent. A religious spirit Jesus has issues with because the religious aren’t leading the people and Jesus is all for the people. I see all of this happening in the Christian Church today. Those were faults of the Church referenced in Revelation 2 and 3 of Christ speaking to the 7 churches of Asia. It’s prophecy, but it’s a reminder of what the Lord loves about the church and what He has against the Church. Good thing to think about as we go about our daily assessing. Jesus will be the ultimate judge. These are things as individual followers of Jesus we need to ask ourselves.
Insights From A Seer
-True prophets/seers teach the Word of God.
-True prophets/seers will teach what Jesus taught.
-True prophets/seers will always always point people to Jesus Christ.
-True prophets are deeply concerned with Jesus’ Church and its leadership.
-True prophets/seers have spiritual discernment.
-True prophets/seers, see, discern and wait to apply or see revelation fulfilled.
-True prophets/seers have a deep fear and reverence for God the Father & Jesus the Son.
-True prophets/seers submit what they see to God and fervently pray for discernment and direction.
-True prophets/seers submit their mind to Christ as the Head of the Church.
-True prophets/seers will not overreact when they see things, but pray to discern.
-True prophets will make sure what they see will edify or exhort the Church or world leaders.
-True prophets/seers are not self-seeking, but are wired to seek after God.
-True prophets/seers will hunger for the righteousness of God and His revelation (ultimate submission).
-True prophets/seers will seek to bring honor and glory to the Father.
-True prophets/seer will constantly have the Word of God draw them to the Holy Scriptures.
Tips for Pastors or Leaders
-Don’t make a circus out of the prophets/seers in your Church.
-Don’t misuse these individuals like you need a palm reader. Keep your heart pure. We see only what God reveals.
-Make sure your desire is for spiritual counsel, not self-seeking.
-Ask a seer to pray first, discern second and apply third.
-Don’t get ahead of God.
-Remember: We see in part and prophesy in part: 1 Cor. 13:9.
-We may seem a little strange or abnormal, but please cut us some slack because we see things so differently than others and that is why we are seers. We carry a deep burden for the protection of Christ’s Church.
Finally, not every prophetic gift comes from the spirit of Jezebel, referenced as well in Revelation as the Church of Thyatira.
As God-fearing prophets and seers we know our prophetic words must not disagree with the Word of God or lead you away from what Jesus taught. It is our goal to sway you to study the Bible and draw you closer to the good things of Jesus. I want to encourage you not to take my word for it, but to test all things with the Word and hold fast to that which is good.
The most important thing to remember is that all of the gifts to the Church are to edify the Church to grow up together in our knowledge of Christ. We’re doing our best to Honor God and learn so we can be worthy of the calling on our life. Sometimes the learning and the sifting can really wear a person out. But, we remain standing, even if we grumble and we listen for our next steps.
In my Lord’s most Holy name, Jesus, Amen